Sholing Junior School

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How will I know how my child is getting on?

Assessment for learning is at the heart of our practice and this is how we ensure children continue to make the best progress they can in school.


The National Curriculum sets out expectations for each year group and children are assessed against those every year, so a child in Year 6 will always be judged in the first instance against the expectations for the end of Year 6.


Schools now have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. We have consulted with a number of different organisations and have decided to use the FFT tracking system to ensure curriculum coverage.


In order to ensure continuity, progression and high standards of achievement all subjects, assessment for every child will include:

• ongoing formative assessment through observations and dialogue with children will be carried out in each lesson and for each unit of work and these assessments will be added to FFT.

 • Parent’s evenings with reports on progress will take place in the autumn tem and the spring term and a summative assessment of each child’s progress over the year will be provided in their end of year report

• pupil interviews and active work sampling with a selection of pupils across the year groups; copies of work to be kept by the subject leader in a central portfolio.

We aim for 90% of our children to attain standards in line with or above those stated in the National Curriculum age related expectations.


Our assessments are divided into 4 categories



(Age Related Expectation) Description


Currently working below the curriculum Age Related Expectations for this year group.


Currently working towards the curriculum Age Related Expectations for this year group.


Currently working at the curriculum Age Related Expectations for this year group.


Currently working above the curriculum Age Related Expectations for this year group.


The Department for Education (DfE) want children who are in the secure bracket to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to have more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills. They are calling this phase of learning developing a 'Mastery approach' and 'Greater Depth'.  Children who find learning more of a challenge are unlikely to be emerging at the end of the year and may be working on the age related expectations from the year(s) below.